The Legal Chronicle

GNLU LSC Newsletter

Fourth Issue, September 1st - 6th September, 2015


Awareness, Assertion, Action

It is a matter of joy for the whole LSC community and GNLU that The Legal Services Committee of GNLU has got a new a logo. This new logo shows the spirit and enthusiam of the committee. Along with this, it portrays the zeal with which the committee is working towards achieving its objectives.

Thanks to Anup Kumar Naik for designing the logo.

Banking and Taxation

Regulatory powers of RBI under scanner

A notice was issued to RBI, HDFC and other banks seeking to clarify the regulatory powers of RBI over enforcement of merger scheme between two banks, approved by it. This clarity was sought after HDFC bank degraded the service conditions of employees of former bank with which it had merged.

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RBI issues new guidelines for ‘Detection of Counterfeit Notes’.

RBI came up with a new circular (DCM.(FNVD).No.776/16.01.05/2015-2016) which makes some change in the existing policy of RBI for detection of counterfeit notes.

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No Hoisting Of Tricolour in Madarassas - Allahabad High Court Seeks Reply.

On a PIL which was filed in the UP High Court asking to issue guidelines to all Madarsaas to hoist the national flag at least on the Republic Day January 26th and Independence Day August 15th. The High court has asked the UP government to file a reply in this regard till the next hearing on September 22nd.

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PIL Seeking Caste Survey junked by Gujarat High Court.

In the backdrop of the Patel agitation in the state, a PIL was filed seeking to conduct a caste survey and suggesting that only on the basis of such survey should any reservation be given or withdrawn. The Hon’ble Gujarat High Court thrashed the petition saying that the petitioners concern is pre-mature and the government is sure to follow the due procedure laid down by the Supreme Court before making any such decision.

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SC Disposes off Plea Against Disabled Quota and appreciates the Government's Steps

The SC in a petition which alleged ‘willful disobedience’ on the part of the government to fill up the 3 percent quota for the disabled people in the government vacancies, The SC has appreciated the government’s efforts to fill up these vacancies. It also held that the govt. is fully devoted to the task and there are no loopholes that could be found. The government has assure that the 15000 vacancies will be filled completely by 2016.

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Law Commission of India suggests to make “Right to Childhood Care” a fundamental Right

The Law Commission of India giving such views stated that there are no express provisions made in the constitution to protect the interests of children under the age of 6 years, it suggested an addition of Article 24A, for the same. Amongst various suggestions, a suggestion to increase the maternity leave from the current 4 months to a minimum of 6 months was also made.

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NGT seeks Centre’s Submission On Ban of Plastic Packaging Of Food And Drugs

The National Green Tribunal has asked the Central Government, i.e. Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment and Forests, and other stakeholders to submit their proposal on complete ban of plastic in food and medicine packaging.

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State to fix norms for declaration of silence zones

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench here has ordered the Maharastra government to issue a notification fixing norms for declaration of silence zones in cities and asked to strictly implement the Bombay high court's direction for declaration and publication of silence zones.

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Narcotics and Psychotropic

Supreme Court Terms Pilferage Of Seized Narcotics As “Very Serious”

The Supreme Court in the view of vast storage of illegal drugs that are seized by the Police and other authorities has asked the Centre to devise a mechanism for its storage & safe custody and to eventually destroy all such illegal drugs. These measures should be taken to avoid the redistribution of the drugs in the market.

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Stay On Chewable Tobacco Ban To Continue: Delhi High Court

The Delhi HC has clarified that the interim order by the court which banned chewable tobacco in NCR shall continue till the time all the parties are heard in the case filed by the manufacturer of tobacco products. The plea was filed against the alleged use of coercive forces by the AAP govt. to bring the notification of tobacco ban.

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Restaurants with trade licence can serve tobacco in hookah

Karnataka High Court has ruled that restaurants already having trade licence from the local authorities (BBMP) do not need a separate permit to serve hookahs in their smoking zone. Many hookah joints in Karnataka have been raided over the last few months under suspicion that narcotics were being added to the hookah.

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Religious and Personal Matter

SC stays decision of Rajasthan HC regarding the Jain practice of “Santhara”

Santhara is a voluntary fast-unto-death practice of the Jain community, which was declared to be illegal by the Rajasthan HC on August 10, 2015. The opposing party to the suit compared it to Sati, and said it was a social evil. Practioners of this religion having claimed it to be in violation of their Fundamental Right to profess religion, appealed to the Supreme Court, which has stayed the order passed by the lower court.

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No collection of toll for bad roads: SC to NHAI

A bench of Justices T S Thakur and Kurian Joseph said when confronted with a case of poorly maintained 26-km Raipur-Durg stretch on NH-53 that why should the public pay for the ill maintained roads, stating that the public should not be made the victim of heavy tolls and bad roads. It instructed that neither NHAI nor any private concessionaires should be allowed to collect such tolls for bad roads.

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Is asking for ID proofs for Hotel Room Booking Illegal?

Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra Government to explain under what rules or provision of law, hotels have been directed (by the authorities) to collect names and photo-identity proofs of those who want to book a room.

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Treat All Paramilitary Forces as Organised Services

Delhi High Court has ordered Central Government to consider all paramilitary forces, including Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, as "organised services and thus be given all benefits including Non-functional Financial Upgradation (NFU) from 2006.

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Just For Fun

Step on Currency notes and your next step may be behind Bars.

All the bills and coins in Thailand have a picture of the King printed on them. As the King is highly revered, stepping on his likeness can not only get you landed in jail, but can also lead to a serious beating.

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